Tag: health

Talking green on ‘The Barber Shop Show’

Talking green on ‘The Barber Shop Show’
Urban gardening, or as some call it, urban farming is taking root in low-income areas across Chicago, as green plots spring up on the thousands of acres of vacant lots that dot the South and the West Sides. And with it come skills, revenue and a greater sense of community. The growth of urban agriculture... Read more »

Social justice the Rx for racial health-care gap, Cook County medical chief says

Social justice the Rx for racial health-care gap, Cook County medical chief says
African Americans in Chicago suffer from high rates of HIV/AIDS, diabetes and hypertension, as well as childhood obesity and infant mortality. Because they’re disproportionately low-income, they are less likely to have health insurance, and even fewer have dental coverage, according to a fact sheet produced by chief medical officer of the Cook County Department of... Read more »

As new guest worker visa is proposed, report shows poor state of farm workers’ health

As new guest worker visa is proposed, report shows poor state of farm workers’ health
They pick the oranges that we eat to stave off a cold and the tomatoes in our sandwiches and salads. But their occupation is less likely to have health care coverage than any other major category. Seventy-five percent of farm workers in the United States don’t have health insurance, making them “by every measure …... Read more »
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Poverty and depression: Which is the chicken and which is the egg?

Poverty and depression: Which is the chicken and which is the egg?
Are you sad because you’re poor or poor because you’re sad? We don’t really know. But a new Gallup Wellbeing report on chronic health problems shows that Americans living in poverty are nearly twice as likely to have been diagnosed with depression, and more likely to suffer from a host of other ailments — asthma,... Read more »

Barber Shop Show Video Review: Segregation, poverty and health

Some communities in Chicago should come with a Surgeon General’s warning. That’s what Steve Bogira, senior writer for the Chicago Reader, says when it comes to looking at the effect of racial segregation on the health of Chicago residents. Bogira joined us at Carter’s Barber Shop in North Lawndale on Friday for our weekly radio... Read more »

Barber Shop Preview: Segregation is bad for your health

When I first saw this chart, it took me a bit to figure out what it was about because the red line on the far right is so long. Take a look for yourself: That’s from Steve Bogira’s latest at the Chicago Reader on the effects of segregation on the health and life expectancy of... Read more »
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Minimum wage in Illinois would help economic recovery, report says

Organizers and economists in Chicago are arguing for a grassroots stimulus plan that would increase consumer spending and close the wage gap–by raising wages. The Economic Policy Institute argues in a new report that gradually increasing the minimum wage in the next four years from the current $8.25 an hour to $10.65 by 2015 would... Read more »

Much of Chicago's South Side is more than 45 minutes from the nearest trauma center by ambulance

Much of Chicago's South Side is more than 45 minutes from the nearest trauma center by ambulance
When someone is shot, stabbed or seriously injured due to a car accident, fall or some other trauma, every minute can make a crucial difference to the patient’s overall outcome, said Connie Potter, president of the Trauma Center Association of America. “It’s like Gabby Giffords,” Potter said, referring to U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, who... Read more »

Jails are the new asylums for women

If there’s one thing that Rosemary Gido wants her students to know, it’s this: “It’s not rocket science. Jails and prisons are the new asylums,” she says. As a professor of criminology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Gido has been studying how the criminal justice system treats two populations–women and the mentally ill–and how those... Read more »
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City bans fast food restaurants. Should Chicago be next?

Some communities ban bars, liquor stores or strip clubs. But South Los Angeles is using its zoning laws to outlaw a different kind of foe: fast food. In 2008, South L.A., which has high poverty and obesity rates, enacted a moratorium on new fast food restaurants. And it’s stuck. Since then, not one McDonald’s or... Read more »